Media Release 29 October 2014


Media Release 29 October 2014

Posted by KZN Phil in Press Release 31 Oct 2014


Though the Spring symphony concert season in Durban has come to a close the musicians of the KZN Philharmonic are still hard at work. Pietermaritzburg music lovers are the chief beneficiaries this week.

On Friday 31 October the full KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony at 7.30 pm in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. As the Durban City Hall organ has been out of commission for some years, this presents a wonderful opportunity for Durbanites to visit Maritzburg. This concert, presented by Parklane Superspar, also includes music by Ravel and Piazzolla and features Christopher Cockburn (organ), Joanna Frankel (violin), David Salleras (saxophone), Christopher Duigan (piano) all under the baton of Jeremy Silver.

On Sunday afternoon, 2 November, the KZN Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform a mixed programme of music at Government House, UNISA Pietermaritzburg campus at 4 pm. Composers include Mozart, Haydn, Bizet, Jaques Ibert, Denes Agay, D’Rivera as well as popular tunes from Lloyd-Webber and the musical My Fair Lady.

The KZN Philharmonic Wind Quintet is made up of some of the most talented members of the Orchestra – Sabine Baird (principal flute), Nuria Cabezas Castano (principal oboe), Annelize de Villiers (principal clarinet), Lubo Minkov (co-principal bassoon) and Sorin Osorhean (principal French horn). In Sabine’s words, “The Quintet has been always the favourite for me because of the diversity in sound the audience can experience. Five very different instruments coming together (like in the Orchestra) and creating a very unique sound.”

Tickets for the ‘Symphony in the City: Organ Symphony’ are available from Parklane SuperSpar Coffee Shop Tel. 033 342 3487.  Prices range from R120 to R180 for adults with discounts for pensioners and scholars/students. As always refreshments are included.  Secure patrolled parking is provided in the City Hall precinct, Bessie Head Library and Tatham Art Gallery.

The Quintet concert is presented by the UNISA Music Foundation. Tickets are available at the door at R95 (adults) and R75 (pensioners and students).


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